With the Flatpicking Essentials DVD Value Package you will receive all three of the Tim May and Dan Miller instructional DVDs for half price!
Here is what you will receive:
DVD 1: Improving Technique: Tone, Accuracy, Speed & Fluidity
In this 90-minute DVD video Tim May and Dan Miller teach the details of right and left hand technique and mechanics that will help any pick style acoustic guitar player improve their speed, tone, note accuracy, fluidity, volume, and power. Topics of discussion include:
The importance of relaxation and consistency Holding the guitar and body position The pick's role in tone production
Right hand pick grip
Right hand postion (floating, posting, and gliding)
Right hand placement and its role in tone production
Finding the "sweet spot"
Dealing with string tension variation
The "pendulum problem"
The rhythm strum
Pick Angle and its impact on tone and speed
The role of joint articulation (elbow, wrist, and finger joints)
The Rest Stroke
The Swing Stroke
Moving the pick through the strings
Left Hand positioning and mechanics
Coordinating the Left and Right Hands
DVD 2: Creating Solos: Embellishing the Melody
In this 102 minute (1 hour and 42 minutes) instructional DVD video Tim May and Dan Miller teach you how to find the chord progression and melody to any vocal song or instrumental tune by ear and then they show you how to embellish that melody in order to create your own interesting and tasteful guitar solo.
The techniques covered in Tim and Dan's unique and effective approach include:
- Finding the chords by ear
- Finding the melody by ear
- Playing the melody and adding harmonic and rhythmic content by learning the basic "Carter Style" approach
- Learning how to "supercharge" the Carter style by examining how to subdivide the beat with strumming variations and neighboring single string articulations, adding crosspicking, and using a "toggle note" or drone string.
- Learning how to use straight scale runs to embellish the melody
- Learning how to use "folded scales"
- Learning how to apply the cross picking technique
- Learning how to apply the use of harmonized scales in the form of double-stops and harmonized scale runs
- Learning how to integrate all of the above and embellish all of the above with slides, pull-offs, hammer-ons, slides, and bends
DVD 3: Improvisation
In this instructional DVD Tim May and Dan Miller, authors of the popular eight-volume "Flatpicking Essentials" course, teach you an approach to improvising guitar solos. You will first learn what scale notes will best fit over diatonic (of the key) chord progressions, and how to employ those scale tones using techniques such as scale runs, folded scales, harmonized scales, and crosspicking. Next you will learn how to target chord tones in your solo as the tune changes from one chord to another, thus moving with the structure of the tune and getting closer to the melody. Then you will learn how to use techniques like phrasing, note articulation, and dynamics to make your improvised solos better fit the song while sounding interesting and engaging, while remaining tasteful.
In the Flatpicking Essentials course (Volumes 5, 6, and 8), Tim May and Dan Miller teach a structured approach to improvisation that starts with very basic techniques and moves on to more advanced concepts. Tim and Dan have been teaching their beginning approach to improvisation, what Tim calls "fake it until you make it," at workshops across the country. This DVD was produced in response to workshop students wanting a visual reference that they could use at home. While many beginning students feel as though they are "not ready" for improvisation until they "get better" on the guitar, Tim and Dan's philosophy is that even beginners should be working on improvisation skills and so the methods that are taught on this DVD are appropriate for guitar players at all levels.
The goal of this DVD is to give any guitar student the tools that they will need in order to sit in at a jam session and improvise solos on songs and tunes that they may have never heard before. If this seems like a daunting task to you, check out this DVD. Equipped with the right tools, techniques, concepts, and ideas, it is easier than you think! Participants at Tim and Dan's improvisation workshops are able to improvise a solo on a song that they are never heard before after about 30 minutes of instruction, even if they have no previous experience with improvisation.